Could Forest splashing the cash on midfielder open the door for Yates return?

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Scunthorpe United are hoping that they can lure Nottingham Forest midfielder Ryan Yates back to Glanford Park this summer and will have been buoyed by the news that Forest have agreed a club-record fee of £13.2m for Benfica midfielder Joao Carvalho in the last couple of days.

Forest are hoping that they can force through the deal for Carvalho this week as the 21 year old missed out on the Portugese World Cup squad for the tournament which kicks off today in Russia. Portugal are due to face Spain in a mouthwatering opener this weekend and despite Forest’s new man not being included in the 23 man squad, there are plenty of betting offers for World Cup 2018 to take advantage of!

The Championship club are also set to land Carvalho’s Benfica teammate Diogo Goncalves as boss Aitor Karanka splashes the cash ahead of the new campaign.

Yates, who was an influential part of the Iron’s side last term, will be in high demand and a host of other teams have been alerted to his possible availability, with Karanka admitting it may be better for Yates’ development to have another season out on loan.

The rise in Yates’ stock has been nothing short of sensational having first impressed in a loan spell at Barrow in the National League in 2016/17. The 20 year old, who was born in Lincoln, also spent time at Shrewsbury before an impressive loan spell at Notts County which alerted then Scunthorpe boss Graham Alexander to his talent.

Alexander worked hard to secure Yates last January and he became a mainstay in the midfield alongside Funso Ojo, dislodging Neal Bishop from the central midfield role. However his impressive displays including a couple of televised performances have caught the eye of other sides including his parent club Forest, who were eager to tie him down to a new deal and a number of the Iron’s rivals including Luton Town.

Yates signed a deal which will keep him at the club until 2020 and is a player that is highly thought of at the City Ground,  so the rumours that the Iron may attempt to land the player permanently for £500,000 before the end of last season are unlikely to be true.

Whether or not Yates’ is in Forest’s long term plans remains to be seen, but the player would be welcomed with open arms at Glanford Park if the club could land the major coup of securing him for the new campaign.

Karanka was set to run the rule this summer and Yates may well play against United as Forest visit in a friendly towards the end of July.

With only Funso Ojo and Sam Mantom, who is wanted by Southend, on the books in the central midfield positions it is important the Iron look to strengthen ahead of the new season and all fans would love to see Yates back at the club as they aim for promotion to the Championship again.

Written by Will Montag

Will Montag is an English Literature graduate of Manchester Metropolitan University. He is an avid reader of fiction, and a lifelong Iron fan. Will enjoys various outdoor pursuits in his spare time.

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